• Jan 23, 2008
click above for more high-res teaser images of the Euro Honda Accord

Honda plans to unveil the new European-spec Accord at the Geneva Motor Show in early March, and a batch of teaser images previewing the vehicle have surfaced on the web today. They show the European Accord Tourer model, which is the station wagon version based on the Honda Accord Tourer Concept that was unveiled at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

We like the few design details that we can make out from the teaser images. Note the sharp new shape of the headlights, the chrome door handles that look like medieval hand-to-hand combat weapons and the subtly flared fenders. Very nice. And it's a good thing we like what we see so far since the European Honda Accord is basically the same car as the Acura TSX sold in the U.S. Thus, what we see in Honda's booth at the Geneva Auto Show in a couple months is what we can expect in Acura dealers shortly thereafter. Except for the Accord Tourer model, that is. Interest in wagons in the U.S. is notoriously low and responsible for the demise of the wonderful Dodge Magnum and still-born Pontiac G8 Wagon, so don't expect a TSX Sportwagon anytime soon.

The new European Accord will also be the first application of Honda's new 2.2L four-cylinder i-DTEC diesel engine that we saw at the Detroit Auto Show this year. It will also make its first U.S. appearance in the Acura TSX.

UPDATE: Teaser video of the new Euro-spec Honda Accord added after the jump.

[Source: Carscoop]






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      • 7 Years Ago
      More pics and a video can be seen over at VTEC.NET

      http://www.vtec.net/news/news-item?news_item_id=735020
      • 7 Years Ago
      no wagon
      no sale (at least not to me)
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is clearly not the '09 TSX. Look at the spy photos taken earlier this year and the the lines, overall shape, grille size, etc are all different. Acura has said they plan to move the entire line-up higher in the market to compete with BMW, Mercedes etc. This means that, like the TL, the TSX may be a model that's now independent from the Euro Accord. Also consider the Sports4 concept, which doesn't have a single design cue here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This wagon looks better than the SAAB 9-3 Sportcombi.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whats the big deal, looks like a mid-cycle refresh of the TSX (Accord Euro).

      Thanks for nothing Honda. And yes, no wagon please. Although I'd be interested in the I4-T SH-AWD rumored...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Midcycle refresh happened in 2006, this is a redesign. Sorry hater, try again.
      • 7 Years Ago
      no wagon
      no sale (at least not to me)
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Except for the Accord Tourer model, that is. Interest in wagons in the U.S. is notoriously low and responsible for the demise of the wonderful Dodge Magnum and still-born Pontiac G8 Wagon, so don't expect a TSX Sportwagon anytime soon."

      Yet Audi, Subaru, BMW, Volvo and VW's small wagons sell very well in the US. The reason the Magnum and G8 wagons died was because they were RWD and powered by giant V8's. Give us a sporty, fuel efficient car like the Tourer and it will sell to those who see "Crossovers" as nothing more than gentrified SUV's.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was with you right up to this point: "The reason the Magnum and G8 wagons died was because they were RWD and powered by giant V8's." There are many of us who won't buy a vehicle UNLESS it comes with RWD/AWD and a giant V8. Hence the terribly misguided SUV boom because we can't get affordable cars fitting this criteria (thanks CAFE!). The Magnum died because of terrible and/or nonexistent marketing. Bring back the big American WAGON (not a pseudo-SUV) and I'll buy it!
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Magnum died b/c it got old and had pathetically cheap / junky interior. Plus it weighed as much as an SUV. Sedans/wagons should be lighter than SUVs to actually drive like they have a lower center of gravity and feel sportier. Adding power is simply one dimensional as the car will not brake, turn or corner any better (a lot of times worse as the engine/tranny are still up front).

        Small nimble and light 5 door Hatches / wagons are still popular in smaller cars. It's when in the US wagons have to be barges and not purposeful sedans.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Japan gets the best accord line up, they get the wagon, sedan and 220BHP euro R. I would rather have a euro R TSX instead of the 23T.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Funny thing about wagons and the "US" market ...
      Given the option, 30-40% of cars Candians will buy are wagons - and most are Euro wagons because there is no other choice.

      And given the choice of diesel, 40% of Canadians wil choose diesel (that was the experience with VW TDI's)

      The funny thing part is that the Canadian auto market is about the same size as California yet there is zero consideration given to our needs on the part of the Detroit 3. Only the Japanese and Europeans will occasionally bring in Canada specific models. And no diesels yet our fuel prices are 30% higher than the US.

      As far as Detroit is concerned, Canada is the invisible 51st state - only good for inflated prices - typically 20-30% higher than in US.

      With this attitude, is it any wonder that Detroit is losing market share ? The Japs & Euro's may not be much better but at least their cars are fuel efficient.

      One way or another, my next car is diesel.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I will be one of a few disappointed fans if this "refresh" is the all new '09 Acura TSX. When they announced the Sports4 would be a glimpse of the next generation Honda Accord I was excited, but now after seeing the Tourer concept and a production teases I will look elsewhere if it looks almost exactly like the last generation. That little trick may work elsewhere and they may even keep current customers but they will definitely lose any potential customers to the brand. My fingers are still crossed that they are actually going to truly separate the Acura and Honda brands, giving us something even closer to the Sports4 with the K23T SH-AWD setup.
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